A study by Kronos Incorporated and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRC) found that an astonishing 90 per cent of the Indian organizations are facing an acute workforce shortage- with the majority of them attributing it to quarantine and work-from-home policies and temporary labour migration.
|| Shubh Mathur
The survey of more than 200 Human Resource officers and HR heads in July was aimed at highlighting how the employers could achieve the right balance between workforce costs and productivity simultaneously keeping the employee health and safety as key priorities.
The survey states that that the organizations are incurring higher workforce costs both for the work-from-home and the on-site employees, however, 33 per cent of the respondents felt that higher workforce costs can be mitigated by looking into the daily employee costs
44 per cent of the respondents said that remote working policies will be a key factor in the new normal and 55 per cent said that capturing employee preferences and availability will be a key challenge. 25 per cent of the HR leaders believed that absenteeism due to health factors is a significant challenge.
The Pandemic has resulted into two different groups of employees- on-site worker and remote staff, both with distinct challenges, requirements and needs. For the manufacturing enterprises, employee health and safety (69%), implementing social distancing (61%) and workplace sanitisation (62%) remain the top three challenges.
For the remote workers, the challenges revolve around enabling a productive environment for the workers – including access to technology and infrastructure (41%), policies and workplace compliance (37%) and employee health and safety (41%).
For service organisations, implementing social distancing (62%) and ensuring employee health and safety (63%) remain the top two challenges for workplace staff.
Since the onset of COVID-19, firms have prioritized flexible working hours and employee health policy to retain talent. More than 95 per cent of the organizations have agreed that there is a need for a separate set of policies for both remote staff as well as on-site workers and have either implemented them or are in the process of doing the same.
However, at present, only 28% of the manufacturing organizations have separate polices for location-agnostic workers compared to 46% of the service organizations that already have specific policies in place.
In an earlier survey conducted by Kronos in partnership with Workplace Intelligence, a promising 55 per cent of the Indian employees believed that their employers have created a healthy and safe workplace environment.